Donor gives family the perfect Christmas gift
Organ transplant allows dad to spend festive season at home
A NEW dad who underwent a heart transplant has been able to spend Christmas with his newborn son thanks to an organ donation.
Andrew Britton, from Denham, survived a heart attack on his honeymoon in the Maldives in 2012 after he developed the infection myocarditis.
He was rushed to hospital where he stayed for nearly a year until he was eventually given a heart transplant.
In October, Mr Britton’s wife Lauren, a former Chesham Grammar School pupil, gave birth to a baby boy called Frank Fabio, despite doctors’ warnings that this may not be possible due to Mr Britton’s condition.
Now the couple is paying
FAMILY TIME: Andrew and Lauren Britton with son Frank tribute to organ donors, who have allowed them to spend their first Christmas together as a family.
Mrs Britton said: “Two years ago we spent Christmas in hospital with Andrew on life support, but this year we will be spending our first Christmas as a family with our 11-week-old son Frank Fabio.
“This would not have been possible without organ donation and we are eternally grateful.”
NHS Blood and Transplant is running the Christmas List campaign this December to draw attention to the thousands of people who are waiting for a transplant across the UK and to encourage everyone to join the NHS organ donor register.
New figures show that 34 patientsinBuckinghamshire have died while on the transplant waiting list during the past five years.
Sally Johnson, director of organ donation and transplantation, said: “Every year, thousands of patients on the waiting list in Buckinghamshire and around the country have Christmas clouded with anxiety and uncertainty.
“Some severely ill people might spend the whole of Christmas in hospital, just hoping they get a life-saving transplant, while for others, their condition may mean they can’t enjoy Christmas traditions like the rest of us.
“So when you’re spending time with your loved ones this Christmas, please take a few minutes to sign the organ donor register and tell your family you’d be proud to become a donor.
“By telling those closest to you that you want to donate, you will remove the burden of them having to guess what you would have wanted at a difficult time.”
To join the organ donation register, go to www.organdonation.nhs.uk or call 0300 123 23 23.